TOEFL Daily Writing Topic: Which of the following forms of social media are most harmful to children?

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TOEFL Daily Writing Topic: Which of the following forms of social media are most harmful to children?

a. TikTok

b. Facebook

c. YouTube

Q. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion. Do not use memorized examples.

Ans. In the age of digital media, social media platforms such as TikTok, Facebook and YouTube have become an important part of our lives. However, when it comes to the impact of media platforms on children, YouTube stands out as the most harmful of them all.

YouTube offers vast and diverse content to its audience. Even though it offers various opportunities for growth and development for children, it also exposes them to risky content. For example, there are many videos which may seem very harmless and fun, but they are subtly promoting unhealthy eating habits or unrealistic beauty standards which can negatively influence a child’s perception of themselves and their lifestyle choices leading to self-doubt. In addition to this, the algorithm of YouTube is such that they are always trying to show catchy and engaging content to the audience, which in turn leads to excess screen time. Children may find themselves getting so caught up by this and end up wasting a lot of time. As a result, their attention is drawn towards the screen rather than important activities like studying and exercising.

Apart from impacting children’s sleeping and eating patterns and affecting their academic performance, YouTube’s easy access and lack of parental control pose major risks. Due to unrestricted access and the absence of parental oversight, parents are often unaware of the content their children are consuming. This lack of awareness means children may be exposed to violent or graphic content, significantly influencing their mental state. Furthermore, the comment section tends to expose children to cyberbullying or hateful comments, and they may inadvertently connect with people who have illicit intent.  

In conclusion, while every social media channel must be used responsibly, YouTube, because of its dynamic features, poses more significant challenges to children. To mitigate these ill impacts, there should be a robust parental control system on this platform which should certainly be supported with open communication between parents and children.

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